Cebu Pacific, PAL to implement new protocols under ‘new normal’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 6, 2020   •   984

Cebu Pacific and the Philippine Airlines (PAL) will implement new protocols in preparation for the resumption of operations.

Commercial flight operations will remain suspended until May 15 due to the extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Vice President for Marketing and Customer Experience at Cebu Pacific Candice Iyog announced they will intensify their sanitary protocols through “contactless flights”.

“We are implementing additional procedures to assure our passengers and give them the confidence to travel again. Rolling out ‘contactless flights’ will minimize face-to-face contact between our ground staff and our passengers and observe physical distancing,” she said in a statement.

Cebu Pacific encourages its passengers to check in online and will be required to wear face masks upon entry at the airport terminal and for the duration of the flight.

All pilots, cabin crews, ground employees will also wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while on duty. Pilots and cabin crew will undergo  rapid antibody tests before they are assigned to operate flights.

Meanwhile, PAL will also require face masks for all visitors as well as its passengers. Thermal scans will be conducted at ticket offices and online check-in is encouraged. AAC

Balik-operasyon ng mga paliparan sa Western Visayas sa June 16, pinaghahandaan na ng CAAP

Robie de Guzman   •   June 8, 2020

Todong paghahanda ang ginagawa ng Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) para sa inaasahang pagbabalik-operasyon ng mga paliparan sa Western Visayas sa June 16.

Kasabay ng pagbubukas ng mga paliparan, papayagan na rin ang commercial flights bagama’t limitado lang ang kapasidad nito.

Ngayong Lunes, nagsagawa ng simulation ang CAAP sa Roxas Airport sa Capiz para sa mga bagong protocol na ipatutupad sa paliparan.

Kabilang na dito ang pag-check sa temperature ng lahat ng papasok sa pasilidad; pagsusuot ng face mask, pagpapatupad ng physical distancing at malimit na disinfection upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Magpapatupad rin ng non-contact system para sa security check; at maglalagay ng decontamination areas, hand-washing spaces at foot baths sa airport terminals at parking areas.

Kahalintulad na hakbang rin ang planong ipatupad sa Godofredo P. Ramos Airport sa Aklan, Evelio Javier Airport sa Antique, at sa Iloilo International Airport.

Sa Bacolod-Silay Airport naman, ilang thermal scanners na ang inilagay upang mas mabilis ang pagkuha ng temperatura sa mga pasahero.

Gagawin ring regulated ang flights upang maiwasan ang crowding o pagdagsa ng mga pasahero sa airport terminals.

Ayon sa CAAP, isang simulation rin ang isasagawa nila bukas ng umaga sa Kalibo International Airport.

Sinabi ng ahensya na ang bagong prosesong ito ay upang mapigilan ang pagdami ng COVID-19 cases lalo na at inaasahan ang paguwi ng maraming overseas Filipino workers na sumailalim sa quarantine pati na ng mga residenteng inabutan ng community quarantine sa ibang lugar.

Simula noong June 1, nasa ilalim na ng modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) ang ilang lugar sa Western Visayas, kabilang na ang Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental at Bacolod City.

Sa ilalim ng MGCQ, pinapayagan na ang pagbubukas ng mas maraming negosyo at opisina ngunit limitado lamang ang operasyon at workforce at dapat ay nakakasunod sa minimum helath standards na itinakda ng pamahalaan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lalaine Moreno)

Quezon City implements new process for permit application, license renewal

Robie de Guzman   •   June 1, 2020

A new process for the submission of applications for building permits and business licenses will be implemented in preparation for the “new normal” amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Quezon City government announced.

In a statement, the city government said that starting Monday, June 1, applicants who wish to secure or renew their business permits are advised to download and fill out the Unified Business Permit Application form.

The accomplished form should be submitted to the city’s Business Permit and Licensing Division through email at for evaluation.

“After making a submission online, applicants will be sent an acknowledgment and their status of application,” the city government said.

Likewise, applicants are advised to use bank payment via Landbank to avoid queuing in QC Hall. Copy of deposit slip for business tax payments is to be sent via email to

Margarita Santos, head of BPLD, said  their office has set up an e-Response team dedicated to monitor and respond to incoming applications.

She added that the issuance of permits and licenses may take one to three days from submission of application.

Once the permit has been issued, the applicant may choose to get said permit either via pick-up or delivery via courier service of choice, at cost to the receiver.

“We will be strict with our policy that no walk-in applicants will be accepted. For those who prefer to personally submit their application, they will still have to schedule an appointment with us and wait for the appointment confirmation email,” Santos said.

Appointment may be scheduled via

According to City Mayor Joy Belmonte, this move will limit face to face interactions between citizens and city hall employees, especially that social distancing is strictly advised during this time.

“It is high time that we harness the benefits that technology can offer and implement creative approaches to ensure everyone’s safety,” Belmonte said.

LOOK: Deped’s proposed class seat arrangement for possible face-to-face learning

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 25, 2020

The Department of Education (Deped) has proposed classroom seating arrangements in case face-to-face learning will be implemented for the upcoming school year.

In a post, Deped reiterated there will be no face-to-face learning unless it is safe for students to go out. However, as part of their preparations for the opening of classes, they proposed a seating arrangement that will still adhere to social distancing.

Deped showed layouts for classrooms with armchairs and classrooms with tables and chairs. Both have a 1-meter distance to observe proper social distancing. AAC


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